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Whistler today

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Skied Whistler today. [img]smile.gif[/img]

It was nice to get in the first turns of the season. It rained/snowed all day long and the wind was gusting up to 100 kph! Everyone got completely soaked! They have been getting tons of precipitation but the freezing levels have been quite high. You would start out from the Roundhouse with snow and end up in rain at the bottom of Emerald. Still I was all smiles, after all this was what I had been waiting all year for

The amount of terrain open is still very limited, but very skiable. There was sufficient snow to cover up most of the ugly rocks, even if you duck the ropes and go into unopened runs I probably could have brought my good skis instead of my rock skis today and be just fine.

If the freezing levels drop a bit lower this weekend I'll probably head back up again and give Blackcomb a try.

Let it snow!!!! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #2 of 6
Did you run into anyone in the bars mumbling something about the Barking Leprechauns?
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No Barking Leprechauns, but I did see a lot of smiling faces when I went back this Sunday. 59cm of new snow since I was there just 3 days ago!

What a difference a few days makes!

Today there was knee high powder everywhere. Alot more terrain was opened up as well, though the lower part of the mountain is still pretty thin. Anything above 1200m was fantastic. Can't wait till they open up Harmony and Peak chairs.
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I'm a bit annoyed that I didn't see any of that, but, hey, enjoy it mate!

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Anyone know how much snow they need (and how much time after that to do avalanche work) before most of the mountain opens up? Blackcomb Glacier, 7th Heaven, etc? They've got 54 inches as of today, but it says only 30% of the mountain is accessible. I'm heading up there next Saturday to ski for 4 days over xmas with my family, I'll be pretty bummed if I don't get to show them the best parts of the mountain. I guess I should just be thankful they finally got some snow, I was getting nervous there for a while.
post #6 of 6
They should have most of the mountain open by Christmas. THe lower part (below midstation on Whistler or Excellerator on Blackcomb), is really temperature dependant. They usually finish avalanche control about 10:30 or so the next day.If its really windy or still snowing then the alpine may not open at all.
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